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The Wu-Tang Clan’s limited edition album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin – of which only *1* copy will be produced and sold to the highest bidder – has gotten offers up to $5 million, RZA told Billboard.


“Offers came in at $2 million, somebody offered $5 million yesterday. I’ve been getting a lot of emails: some from people I know, some from people I don’t know, and they’re also emailing other members of my organization,” RZA said. “So far, $5 million is the biggest number. I don’t know how to measure it, but it gives us an idea that what we’re doing is being understood by some. And there are some good peers of mine also, who are very high-ranking in the film business and the music business, sending me a lot of good will. It’s been real positive.”


More light has been shed on the project, at its official website, which describes the album as follows:

“EZCLZIV introduces The Carmen Clandestine Experience, the world’s first private music service. Its first release for private sale is The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin… a new double Wu-Tang album consisting of 31 new tracks exclusively recorded with the entire Wu-Tang Clan. It includes special guest appearances by Bonnie Jo Mason, Redman, FC Barcelona soccer players and a unique tapestry of guest performers. The album was produced over a period of six years by Wu Tang producer Cilvaringz under the tutelage of The RZA. The album encapsulates the Clan’s legendary dark funk and avant garde sound and is produced in the original Wu Tang style of the 90s. This is the first high-profile album never to be commercially released to the public and the first of its kind in the history of music. The music is available for purchase and ownership by one individual only. It is presented in a hand carved nickel-silver box designed by the British Moroccan artist Yahya,” reads the website’s “About” section.

It continues in the Edictum: “Wu-Tang producers Cilvaringz and The RZA present the first ever private music album. The music will only ever have one incarnation. It will not be made available digitally or in any other existing mass format. After touring the album at festivals, museums, exhibition spaces and galleries for the public as a one off experience, it will be sold exclusively to one buyer. The music industry is in crisis. Creativity has become disposable and value has been stripped out. Mass production and content saturation have devalued both our experience of music and our ability to establish its value. Industrial production and digital reproduction have failed. The intrinsic value of music has been reduced to zero. Contemporary art is worth millions by virtue of its exclusivity. This album is a piece of contemporary art. The debate starts here…”

“The main theme is music being accepted and respected as art and being treated as such,” RZA added. “If something is rare, it’s rare. You cannot get another.”

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6 Responses to "RZA Says Offers Up To $5 Million Have Come In For “Once Upon A Time In Shaolin”, Wu-Tang’s 1-Of-A-Kind Album"
  • Boogie Bored says:

    i call bullshit

  • Dnpmonk25 says:

    If this stops just one idiot like “Future” then it will be considered a success.

  • khordkutta says:

    Im down, CO would be so ill, imagine, smokin with a bunch of Wu Heads, listenin to this ish. i would honestly pay for the experience @ a museum to listen to this.

  • Tom says:

    This is a very interesting idea and creative. This might be cool for a one time thing, but if more artists start doing this, it will piss major fans off. As much as I love the Wu, I can survive if I don’t hear all of their tracks. However, there are those artists that you just want to hear everything they do. If an artist I liked (like let’s say Kraftwerk) did something like this, I’d be super pissed that I wasn’t able to have the album because I wasn’t rich. I definitely believe people will pay millions for this, not only because they then have control over what they can do with the music, but because art dealers throw around lots of money for junk.

  • Hodges says:

    I thought it was bull at first, but they really going alone with it and its an ingenious idea. If it works remains to be seen, but you never know unless you try. It will spark more creative ideas to preserve more of the art form and keep it out of the hands of those who don’t deserve it and want to exploit it. The only obstacle is the difference of tastes in music varies infinitely more than the fine art demographic who pretty much follow style trends like awful rappers do. I love everything The Clan stands for yet they’ve released more than a few albums that I wouldn’t fix my spliff on.

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